Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Vulnerable

Ecuadorian Piedtail (Phlogophilus hemileucurus)


Taxonomy

French: Colibri à queue mi-blanche German: Schwarzweißschwanz-Kolibri Spanish: Colibrí colipinto ecuatoriano
Taxonomy:

Phlogophilus hemileucurus

Gould

, 1860,

banks of Río Napo, east Ecuador

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Closely related to P. harterti. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Colombia (W Putumayo and E Cauca) S through E Ecuador to NE Peru (San Martín and Loreto).

Descriptive notes

7·3–7·6 cm; 2·2–3·7 g. Sexes alike. Short straight black bill, yellowish at base; crown greenish brown, postocular spot white, rest of... read more

Voice

Song a series of typically three high-pitched buzzy notes (at c. 8–10 kHz) followed by several... read more

Habitat

Forest edge and second growth in Andean foothills at 500–1200 m. Forages in low to middle... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar of flowering Rubiaceae, Ericaceae (especially Psammisia), Gesneriaceae. When visiting flowers birds cling to corollas.... read more

Breeding

Dec–Apr. Tiny cup-shaped nest of fine rootlets and pieces of fern leaf is built 2–3 m above ground in vines or underneath dense... read more

Movements

Sedentary, local altitudinal movements likely.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Formerly considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Ecuador-Peru East Andes EBA. Patchily distributed but common. Readily... read more

Recommended citation

Schuchmann, K.L., Boesman, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Ecuadorian Piedtail (Phlogophilus hemileucurus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/55528 on 19 February 2019).